About Us

ARToolworks specializes in the development of tools and applications for augmented reality. We are the exclusive commercial licensors of the ARToolKit software family, the world’s leading toolkit for augmented reality, as well as a range of other AR products.

Our aims are:

Our staff includes some of the leading advocates of augmented and virtual reality interaction design, talented software engineers and designers and support personnel. Key relationships include strong connections to the academic community, including partnerships with the HIT Lab NZ and HIT Lab US research labs.


ARToolworks was founded in 2001 to provide commercial licenses for ARToolKit and the company has since grown to provide a full range of AR products and services.

Since its founding, ARToolworks has continued to develop AR technology. In 2003, it was awarded a patent for its natural feature tracking software for computer vision based markerless tracking. The ARToolKit library has been ported to all major operating systems and programming languages such as C/C++, Java, C#, and Flash. ARToolworks is also active in the mobile market and, in 2008, was the first company to develop and release a marker-based tracking library for the iPhone.

In addition to selling low-level AR libraries, ARToolworks has a long history of providing customized application development. For example, in 2005 ARToolworks was engaged by the Museum of Science, Boston, to produce an interactive augmented reality exhibit to be part of the LucasArts Starwars-based touring science exhibition. On opening of the exhibit, the interactive kiosks developed by ARToolworks proved to be one of the most popular parts of the exhibition, with over 275,000 users in the first six months alone.

With a global network of resellers, hundreds of customers worldwide and hundreds of thousands of users of its technology, ARToolworks is an ideal partner for bringing AR technology to market.

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